Course Title: Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: LANG5760C

Course Title: Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6134 - Advanced Diploma of Interpreting

Course Contact : Miranda Lai

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3523

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bing Lee Teh (

Nominal Hours: 25

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course describes the outcomes, skills and knowledge required to collect and assess information about the nature and conditions of translating and interpreting assignments, to inform the decision to accept or decline them. The course also describes the skills and knowledge required to negotiate an agreed approach to assignments with clients and booking agencies.

This unit will be taught in a cluster with the following units:

  • LANG5760C Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments
  • LANG5761C Prepare to translate and interpret
  • LANG5767C Maintain and enhance professional practice
  • LANG5772C Apply codes and standards to professional judgement 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS501A Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments


2. Assess ability to complete assignment.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Evaluate personal competence and preparedness to satisfy assignment requirements and areas for negotiation with clients.
2.2. Identify and assess limits and responsibility, and their implications.
2.3. Seek advice to inform decision-making process.


3. Respond to assignment proposal.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Review and maintain a record of decision-making process.
3.2. Advise client or agency of decision to accept or decline the assignment in a professional and timely manner.


1. Collect and assess assignment information.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Clarify the scope of assignments with clients, including languages, terms and conditions, and any specific requirements.
1.2. Analyse background information for details of the nature and conditions of assignments.
1.3. Provide information to clients on terms, conditions and conventions to reach an agreed approach.
1.4. Identify performance expectations and their implications for undertaking the assignment.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include class instructions,  practical demonstrations, class discussions and practice and group/individual work.

Teaching Schedule

Teaching and Assessments Schedule
The delivery of this unit will be undertaken with LANG5760C Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments, LANG5761C Prepare to translate and interpret, LANG5772C Apply codes and standards to professional judgement and LANG5767C Maintain and enhance Professional Practice. The units are delivered concurrently. 


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ClassUnitsElementsContentsOther Events
  • Introduction and overview
  • Introduction to Course and assessments
  • Intro to Lang5760C - Elements
  • Overview of T & I assignments
  • T & I for agencies

Distribution of Readings for AT1 (on Blackboard only)

Distribution of hurdle tasks for those who are seeking exemptions for LANG5760C, LANG5761C & LANG5767C

  1. Collect and assess assignment information
  2. Assess ability to complete assignment
  3. Respond to assignment proposal
  • T & I for agencies (Cont’d)
  • Process for considering an offer of work
  • Factors affecting negotiation

All students:

Distribution of AT2: Research and Report  - Written Assignment (TBA)

  1. Analyse assignment information for planning purposes
  2. Establish familiarity with topic and context
  3. Develop work plan
  4. Review and evaluate work plan

  • AT1: In-class test based on reading/chapter/paper
  • Intro to Lang5761C – Elements
  • Factors affecting preparations
  • Strategies for preparing

  1. Research ethical and professional issues
  2. Develop professional practices and knowledge
  3. Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgement to practice
  • What is ethics?
  • What is professional ethics and how is it different from morality?
  • Discussions and scenarios
  • Industrial Matters - Presentation 1


  1. Research ethical and professional issues
  2. Develop professional practices and knowledge
  3. Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgement to practice
  • Professional blueprint
  • Discussions and scenarios
 Submission of AT2
  • Industrial Matters - Presentation 2
  1. Research ethical and professional issues
  2. Develop professional practices and knowledge
  3. Apply professional standards, knowledge and judgement to practice
  • A quick look at the Code of Ethics
  • Discussions and scenarios

    1. Model high standards of performance
    2. Determine personal development needs
    3. Participate in professional development activities
    4. Reflect on and evaluate professional practice


    • Intro to Lang5767C – Elements
    • Strategies for maintaining/enhancing Professionalism
    • NAATI revalidation
    • Industrial Matters - Presentation 4
      Semester Break
    1. Program Essential Information
    2. Examinations Protocol And Requirements
    • Program Co-ordinator - Presentation
    • Industrial Matters - Presentation 5
    • AT3: In class quiz (all units – all content covered from start of semester)
    • Students undertaking all four units:
      • AT3: Online quiz (all units – all content covered from start of semester)
    • Students undertaking only Lang5772C:
      • AT3 - Lang5772C: Online quiz (Lang5772C, NAATI Accreditation & Revalidaion and Program requirements)


    Learning Resources

    Prescribed Texts

    Learning material will be provided by instructor.


    Other Resources

    The unit is supported online using Blackboard. The Blackboard gives access to important announcements, staff contacts details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. Access to Blackboard can be found at myRMIT

    GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.

    Overview of Assessment

    Assessment will be ongoing during the semester, and you will receive feedback on your progress. You will undertake a variety of assessment tasks and activities to assess your level of competence against key elements and performance criteria. 

     Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to:

    • group discussions
    • evidence of correspondence where assignments, conditions were clarified, negotiated
    • practical demonstration of understanding of contractual documentation from the industry
    • industry contacts and reports
    • test/quiz

    Assessment Tasks

    You must complete all THREE assessment tasks satisfactorily to be assessed Competent for this unit and the cluster.

    Assessment Task 1

    • When: Class 3
    • Description: Onlinequiz based on readings uploaded on Blackboard. This assessment consists of 15 questions.
    • Assessment Criteria: You will be assessed Competent or Non-Competent for this assessment. You will be assessed Competent if you get 80% of your questions correct.
    • Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours

    NOTE: If you are seeking exemptions for LANG5760C, LANG5761C & LANG5767C, you must successfully complete a hurdle task distributed by instructor in lieu of this assessment in order to be deemed competent and be excused from attending the sessions scheduled for these 3 units.

    Assessment Task 2

    • Distributed by: Class 2 (Blackboard)
    • Due: Class 5
    • Description: Research and Report (Topic and Questions will be advised by instructor in Class 2)
    • Assessment Criteria: By completion. Marking criteria will be provided in instruction sheet during class.
    • The originality verification software Turnitin may be used for this assessment. Submission of this assessment must be accompanied by a completed Cover Sheet for Submission of Work for Assessment downloadable via

    Assessment Task 3
    Class 9

    Students enrolled in all units:

    • Description: Online quiz based on all content covered from start of semester. This assessment consists of 30 questions.
    • Assessment Criteria: You will be assessed Competent or Non-Competent for this assessment. You will be assessed Competent if you get 80% of your questions correct.
    • Duration: Approx. 2.5 hours

    Students enrolled in Lang5772C only:

    • Description: Online quiz based on all content covered from start of semester. This assessment consists of 25 questions.
    • Assessment Criteria: You will be assessed Competent or Non-Competent for this assessment. You will be assessed Competent if you get 80% of your questions correct.
    • Duration: Approx. 2 hours

    Important Notes:

    • Further instructions will be provided in class.
    • Details of marking criteria for each assessment will be included in respective Assignment Instruction Sheet


    This course uses a competency-based assessment and will be graded as follows:
    CA (Competency Achieved)
    NYC (Not Yet Competent)
    DNS (Did Not Submit)

    All competency-based assessment tasks for this course must be completed at the required level (see the elements and key performance criteria for each unit) in order to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved) award.If a student has not completed ALL the assessment tasks or they have completed but some or all are not at the required level, they will be assessed as NYC (Not Yet Competent).

    If a student does not submit assessment tasks at all, a DNS result will be entered.

    Important: Students must complete each and every assessment and be assessed competent in each and every assessment in order to pass the relevant unit(s) and the whole cluster.


    Assessment Matrix

    ElementsAssessment Task 1Assessment Task 2Assessment Task 3
    1. Collect and assess assignment informationX -X
    2. Assess ability to complete assignmentX -X
    3. Respond to assignment proposalX -X

    Other Information

    Learning Resources
    RMIT Library
    The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at:
    The Learning Lab is a collection of web-based resources including tip sheets and interactive tutorials on study skills, writing, English language development and maths. Access RMIT’s Learning Lab online via this link:

    Assessment Tasks : Applying for an Extension
    Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
    You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
    An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
    Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

    Applying for Special Consideration
    If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:
    Penalties for Late Submission
    If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
    1. Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
    2. No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.
    Assessment Appeals
    If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
    a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
    b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
    c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
    Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

    Other Relevant Information

    Academic Integrity
    Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
    If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website: The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing
    Plagiarism and Collusion
    Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
    Examples of plagiarism include:
    Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;

    • Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
    • Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
    • Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
    • Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
    • Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
    • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
    • Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

    For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

    Plagiarism Software
    The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:
    Complaints Procedure:
    RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
    Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.
    Student Complaints Policy:
    Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22
    Student Complaints Form: 


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